Thursday, 28 August 2014

Lesser Whitethroat - Another Tick !


Date: 28/08/2014

Location: Slimbridge - Gloucester 
Observation: Headed to Slimbridge with the promise of clear skies and a dry day! ..umm they got that wrong then, on arriving it poured down ! 

Headed into the Martin Smith hide where two Common Cranes were feeding in fields noticed a few Shoveler and Teal but not much else.Two Green Sandpiper in next at a distance. No feeders up in Willow hide but Blackcaps buzzing in trees with Chiffchaffs. At the Holden Tower a massive Gaggle of Barnacle and Greylag Geese sunning themselves in the rain and a hovering Kestrel.
At South Hide, 1 Ruff, 5 Snipe and lots of Lapwing. Wandered round as rain has stopped snapped a few captive birds then decided to go back to Robbie Garnet hide as had not seen many little birds. Heard one bird when entering hide was a Lesser Whitethroat !! Not seen one before so snapped happily away well 5 shots before it receded back into Elderberry Tree. Another tick (Wayne's life list stands at 178 ) Sky was now blue and sun was shinning ! And I've gotta go, ain't that always the way !? Anyway here's some pictures of my day. 

Weather: Grey overcast + Sunshine on leaving ! 
Other Species: Common Crane, Shovelers, Ruff, Black Tailed, Godwits, Snipe, Buzzard, Kestrel, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Redshank, Barnacle & Greylags.



Hooded Merganser


 A Ruff Shot among the Lapwing 


 Pretty Greylag Pic


 Kestrel doing what they do Best !


 A Lesser Whitethroat ( my first !)


 And a Red Admiral to Finish :)




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